Daily Sketch Reprise: Here in the Shadows, 2013

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“Here in the Shadows”, pastel on pastello paper, 7.5″ x 11″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A very good place to be on a hot day. Jelly Bean is in the shadows behind the curtain, dozing on top of the wardrobe by the open window. He was really the only part I was interested in, his deep blackness with the few intense highlights defining a few features. It’s how I see him when he sleeps there. Pastel carries this off so well, even the texture of the paper.

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Over the year I’ve grown to like this simple pastel more and more. The simple shapes in the shadowed warm amber tones of a hot summer afternoon with the blinds pulled halfway, the way the natural texture of the paper became the pattern of the lace curtain, Jelly Bean’s fur, dense black in the shadows but with its natural red velvet cake tones in the mid-range, the highlight on his face and whiskers, and the reflection in the mirror, softened, blurred, natural. It’s one of those I look at later and think, “I don’t remember doing that, as I walked right past my logical mind choosing colors and planning how I’d put the pastel on the paper to my intuitive mind that just went ahead and did what it pleased.

All that comes with practice, and again it’s one of the reasons I am glad for my daily sketches, even if I don’t do them each day; right now I’m working on other art that you’ll see at some point.


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5 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Here in the Shadows, 2013

  • July 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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    I really love this piece – I keep coming back to it! Thank you for creating and sharing…

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    • July 17, 2014 at 12:31 am
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      Thank you, Tracy–I’m very complimented! I may use it for my August desktop calendar, it was in the running for July.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm
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    Just today I saw my Tuxedo Boots in the back porch with those same red streaks running down his back.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    Beautiful!

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